What Is Botox in Dentistry?

Botox in Dentistry is a drug that relaxes muscles and, most often, is used to reduce wrinkles in the skin. It’s derived from a bacterium, clostridium botulinum, that can be found in many different natural substances. When receiving Botox injections in treatment, a small dose is given that lasts temporarily.
There is no long-term way of maintaining what is achieved through Botox without surgery. You’ll need regular Botox treatments in order to preserve and maintain the benefits of Botox treatments.
Here are some of the myths about Botox treatments:
Botox is just for women
Botox is a dangerous procedure that can have many side effects
Botox is only for wrinkles
You need to go under anesthesia for Botox injections
Botox injections are expensive
Botox is only for celebrities

How does Botox in Dentistry help teeth grinding?

By injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding.
Botox can alleviate your headaches and TMD symptoms.
It isn’t always easy for patients coping with chronic headaches, migraines, and jaw pain caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder or bruxism, to find a solution.
Dental Botox is one of these options, and for many patients, can quickly ease their discomfort safely and without surgery.

Why choose a dentist to administer Botox treatment?

Your dentist may be the right medical professional to administer your Botox treatment for TMD, bruxism, or facial pain. Dentists are the perfect choice for administering Botox to fix a gummy smile in just one dental appointment. Your dentist can also provide Botox treatments to help you adjust to wearing certain types of orthodontic appliances.
Because they are healthcare professionals with years of education in dentistry, along with special training in the administration of Botox, dentists are also the safest choice when it comes to administering this treatment.